It is impossible to buy a gift for my husband. He apathetically leaves new shirts and ties in the gift boxes for days; he would rather pick out his own books and gadgets; and I am ill-equipped to purchase gear for his sports and outdoor activities. One slam-dunk anniversary find I purchased, however, is a framed photographic work depicting our last name and wedding date, a versatile memento perfect on any casual wall or desk. Here’s how it works:
Imagine, if you will, what is in a name? Photographer Bob Pierce asked this question and discovered the answer—a commissioned work of art that brings honor and distinction to a person or event.
Bob is continually building a body of work through black-and-white, sepia and color photography. He takes pictures of letters he sees in the shapes of everyday objects and then creates framed compositions of people’s names, anniversary dates, school and sports team names. The final product can arrive on a canvas gallery wrap, a wooden distressed frame or you can purchase the letters individually and frame it yourself. He also has a line of notecards and refrigerator magnets.
What’s In A Name certainly promotes conversation. “I try to find objects that, when placed in context, are pretty obviously a letter, but the picture also has to be interesting as a picture in itself—that is the challenge,” Bob explains.
From construction sites to abandoned buildings, playgrounds to park benches, Bob is on a constant quest for new letters to add to the What’s In A Name online gallery. “I try to have my camera with me as much as possible,” Bob says. “When I see ‘letters,’ I will make a note of the location. One time, a Chevy truck pulled up beside me. The tail-lights made a perfect ‘B.’ Fortunately, I had my camera with me and was able to get the picture.”
Within a week to ten days, Bob can create a custom work of art for a friend or family member. Adding an event date for an anniversary, house warming or special birthday is an option. The numerals are also black and white photographs taken of architectural and natural elements.
“I am very honored and humbled when people order one as a wedding present. I’ve heard from many brides and grooms that What’s In A Name was their favorite present they received. That is an amazing thing to hear as an artist,” Bob says. One of the photographer’s personal favorites is a composition put together for his brother, in which four of the six letters were objects found at their parents’ home. “It has a lot of sentimental value.”
Since 2007, What’s In A Name has captured the attention of savvy gift-givers and art aficionados … Morgan Freeman is one of many proud owners of a What’s In A Name piece.
For more information about What’s In A Name, visit whatsinanamecustomart.com. While Bob enjoys creating the final product from start to finish, he encourages each client to point out favorite shapes and experiment with the letters on display in the online gallery.